Sunday Morning we were in Long Beach California, picking family up from the cruise terminal, we sat and watched the many people disembarking from the ship, there were many! It seemed they streamed off the ship forever.
Sitting and waiting, it was the first time in quite a while that I have had time to look around and just image what I might photograph. I had recently purchased a new multi-stop neutral density filter, and wanted to spend a little time discovering the possibilities. The coastline was hazy, and there was hardly a line between the sky and the ocean. The ocean is in constant motion, so I thought I would use the filter to allow for a long exposure, softening the waves and eliminating any distraction on the surface of the water, or birds that might be flying by. Giving a photo of soft blue in just about as many tones of can be imagined.
It is that time of the year again, the Holiday Season means holiday light displays. In Calgary it has been too cold to go out and see them. Last week Zoolights was cancelled because of the cold. I think the weather is going to improve so we can get out there and enjoy the different light displays around the city.
Planning and decorating for the holidays have been on my mind this weekend, rather than actually doing anything to get ready for Christmas I decided to procrastinate and go through some previously taken holiday photos. This photo of a large outdoor Christmas tree actually looked more like a shooting star, especially when photographed close up and from an angle. It is one of my favorite holiday pictures. Are you getting ready for the holidays, or are you, like me, still in the planning stage?
Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.
I have been spending a lot of time doing both family and business portraits over the last year, and enjoyed every minute. Luckily I have also had time to spend getting out of the studio/home and thinking about landscapes. I love the trees as they blow in the wind, the tall pine trees had been covered by the wet snow, long white streaks against a dark background.
I have been exploring and experimenting with long exposures, motion and blur, and love the feeling of the image, white streaks representative of the growth, reaching for the sky, enhanced by the snow stuck to the side of the tree. Freeman Patterson has always been one of my favourite photographers, and this photo is reminiscent (at least for me) of his work.
We had a wonderful weekend visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan over the Labour Day weekend. The drive home was perfect, meaning uneventful! I watched the clouds and hills roll and enjoyed the peaceful view. There is something very calming about watching the puffy white clouds roll by. The long ride provides an opportunity to read, relax, and possibly daydream….
Working in Photoshop with layers and textures has always been fascinating to me. Starting with a simple portrait and layering graphics, textures and words creates a one of a kind portrait; an art piece for people. I am looking for people in the Calgary area who are interesting in collaborating on this very personal project.
Learning from people like Kate Klassen who has textures and tutorials, and who creates lovely vignettes of everyday life
Growing up in the Canadian Breadbasket other wise known as Saskatchewan, miles and miles of farmland is not an unfamiliar scene. Walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela through the meseta was like a trip home. The fields and the road went on, seemingly forever. The crops a golden color, the worked ground a beautiful brown, the sky pink as the sun was rising in the east. The scene was as familiar as it was beautiful.
The challenge as a photographer is to see even a seemingly old familiar scene (and to show it to others) in a new way. I saw this scene as blocks of color, and the detail of each cloud, line in the field, the weeds in the ditch and rocks on the road all distracted from the blocks of color I wanted to emphasis. The light was low, so I set the ISO low, the aperture for a high depth of field, and a slow shutter speed, then moved the camera sideways to blur all the detail. The image now emphasises the blocks of color as well as the beautiful pink hue of a new day.
” Run your fingers through my soul. For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel, believe what I believe, perceive as I perceive, look, experience, examine, and for once; just once, understand.” Unknown
there are days, many days when I get lost in my thoughts, working on photos. This quite time in my studio is like having my head in the clouds, and I can spend time thinking about the images I have taken. It is when I am in the “outside” world with my camera that I look, experience, explore and try to understand the world. To photograph the lines, textures, people and places, that touches my soul, and I hope touches yours.
time for doing and time for dreaming, are both important to the creative process.
The photo group I belong to was going on a photo walk last night, the rain dampened by enthusiasm for the project! So rather than going for out in the rain I decided to stay home. I have the gorgeous glass paperweight, that I thought would make some interesting macro photographs. So many little glass bubbles, swirls of color, set on a light table, with high key lighting it makes a beauiful abstract image.